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Ten Thoughts on the NFL and the Bears

Check out my Thoughts on the NFL and be sure to leave a few of your own in the comment section.

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1) Not even a snow storm could slow down the Kansas City Chiefs offense as quarterback Patrick Mahomes went for 340 yards through the air, with tight end Travis Kelce being the biggest beneficiary of his day with 11 receptions for 142 yards.

Kelce became the first tight end in NFL history to go over 1,000 receiving yards in four straight years, and if he does it again next season he’ll only trail Hall Of Famer Tony Gonzalez for K.C.’s all time receiving yards. In 12 years with the Chiefs, Gonzalez only had 4 total thousand yard seasons.

2) There are a few certainties in life... Death, taxes, and the New England Patriots making the playoffs.

For the eleventh consecutive year the Pats have made the postseason which is the longest streak in NFL history.

I guess I could also add in another certainty... The New England Patriots getting caught cheating.

Here’s what I’m curious about though, if the footage of the Pats filming the Bengals is so taboo, then why show it on FOX so the other 30 teams can get a glimpse too?

3) The Arizona Cardinals are 4-9-1, but they have an exciting young quarterback, Kyler Murray, and the future looks bright for them. On Sunday they beat the Cleveland Browns 38 to 24 who dropped to 6-8, and my first sentence could have been said about the Browns and QB Baker Mayfield one year ago.

But now it’s gotten so bad for the Browns that the players are begging the opposition to come get them out of Cleveland.


NFL Network’s Michael Silver reported per two sources as the Week 15 contest ended, “multiple” Browns players yelled toward the Arizona sideline to “come get me,” including wide receiver Jarvis Landry.

4) Speaking of the Cardinals, they released outside linebacker Terrell Suggs on Friday and he was claimed by the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday. After initially saying he wouldn’t report to any team except the Baltimore Ravens, he decided a chance at another playoff push was too much to pass up and he will be a Chief.

Suggs will provide immediate help off the edge for K.C. and he’ll next be seen rushing Mitchell Trubisky on Sunday Night Football.

5) This is great.

The NFL Player Association basically tells players to stay away from the Jacksonville Jaguars.

6) Some people will never learn.

This is Josh Gordon’s fifth suspension.

And to those of you that want to rush to his defense and say it was probably “just” weed and it’s no big deal, I agree to an extent. Since the NFL doesn’t allow it, players need to abide by the rules set forth by their employers, so just say no.

7) Free agent to be Jameis Winston only needs 427 yards passing in his last 2 games to become only the 7th QB to pass for 5,000 in a single season.

For those wondering he’s no where near the all time single season record for most interceptions thrown in one year. His 24 isn’t even in the same vicinity as the 42 that George Blanda threw in the 1962 season for the Houston Oliers.

8) Drew Brees became the NFL’s all time leader in TD passes with 541 when he tossed 4 touchdowns in the Saints 34 to 7 win against the Colts on Monday Night Football, but the most impressive part about the night was another record he broke.

I still find it amazing that Brees, who was simply an okay QB during his first five years with the San Diego Chargers, has become one of the all time greats and a lock to be a first ballot Hall Of Famer.

9) With his 110th TD on Sunday, Washington running back Adrian Peterson tied Chicago Bears Hall of Famer Walter Payton for the fourth most rushing touchdowns in NFL history.

He also passed Hall Of Famer Curtis Martin for fifth place on the all time rushing yardage list with 14,102.

For the record, I always liked the Bears Adrian Peterson much better.

10) I did not realize that Bears legend Mike Ditka held the record for most tight end receiving yards in their first three years in the league until the 49ers George Kittle (2,774) beat it on Sunday.